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Sequim man barricades himself in home





The sound of shattering glass and orders for a man to lie on the ground echoed through an otherwise sleepy Sequim neighborhood on the evening of April 28.

The Clallam County Sheriff's Office, Washington State Patrol and Sequim Police responded to 860 E. Blair Ave. at about 7 p.m. after a Sequim woman called 9-1-1 to report her boyfriend had abused her throughout the day.

When officers arrived, the suspect allegedly barricaded himself inside the home.

Randal Craig Roorda, 47, of Sequim, allegedly hit and kicked the female. Roorda would not allow her to call authorities and would not allow her to leave the residence, often threatening her life, according to police reports.

The woman was able to leave the home when Roorda left to purchase alcohol, at which time she called authorities.

"I don't think the woman needed to go to the hospital but she was definitely pretty shaken up," Clallam County Sheriff's Office chief criminal deputy Ron Cameron said.

Law enforcement surrounded the single-story house after Roorda locked and blocked the doorway. A negotiator spoke with Roorda for about two hours, trying to coax him out of the home.

"We have three trained negotiators on staff and their role at the scene is to establish some level of communication with the suspect," Cameron said. "They try to find common interests to show we will not hurt the man if he comes out willingly and it helps to have the negotiator on scene."

After hours of being locked inside the home, Roorda abruptly stopped communicating. Officers heard more noise from the residence and believed he was further barricading the home.

"We believed that he broke the cell phone because he was breaking so many other things inside the home, so we decided it was time to act," Cameron said. "On the phone he was very up and down, he had been threatening throughout the evening and we were unsure if he was armed or trying to arm himself, so we entered the residence."

Officers had already obtained a warrant.

"Our biggest concern when we made the decision to enter was safety, so we went in through several windows trying to confuse him," Cameron said. "He was unarmed after all, but uncooperative."

Roorda was reportedly overwhelmed with officers but resisted arrest. A Taser was deployed and officers were able to subdue him.

Roorda was booked into the Clallam County Correctional Facility on charges of assault in the fourth degree, malicious mischief, interfering with reporting of domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment. He went to the hospital to be treated for a possibly lethal blood alcohol concentration before going to jail.

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